Northern Voice 2008 recap

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The 2008 Northern Voice social media conference was a blast!

I led a session during the unconference day titled TransitCamp and Open Source Government. It was my first time presenting such a thing, and definitely a learning experience:
- good idea to ask audience how much they know about the topic at the start
- plan for at least 10 minutes of questions (probably more at unconferences)
- work on being a calm and collected speaker

An outcome of my session was this Open Letter regarding Open Access to BC Government data.

Matt Mullenweg was an excellent keynote speaker. However, I must call bullshit on his suggestion that police can make any meaningful difference containing spam in open systems.

Fuck Stats, Make Art was a very entertaining session from DaveO.

CBC is experimenting with crowd-sourcing Citizen Journalism, at least in Vancouver. I am planning to send them some story pitches, and you can too. This could be an awesome opportunity to open up our media. Hopefully I'll write more about this in the future.

Building a Better Conference Badge is a good read for all organizers. The NV nametags definitely need a redesign. Space for user-tagging is a good idea, but you need to tell people to do it when you give them out.

Finally, some random link love:
  • Bokashi - Hassle-free composting
  • Thinking Cap - Internet Marketing
  • Hop Studios - Internet Consulting - has done government access to information requests
  • Anita Webster - Vancouver PR
  • 353 Haiku Movie Review
  • How to save the world .ca
  • Green politics .ca

    Posted by dustin on February 27, 2008 with category tags of

    I love the 353 Haiku idea!
       comment by Mirzipan (#99) on February 27, 2008

    I was a bit disappointed because I thought each movie would be reviewed using three hundred fifty-three haikus.
       comment by chrisdye on February 27, 2008

    @ Dustin ~ Thanks for the Link Love

    @ ChrisDye ~ 353 reviews on one movie.... That would not be very concise. You really shouldn't give me ideas!
       comment by Colleeny on February 28, 2008

    Going straight out to 'bullshit' seems a little harsh, I suggest you call 'shenanigans,' and if necessary bump it to the next level.
       comment by LePhil on February 28, 2008

    I don't dibble-dabble around.
       comment by dustin (#1) on March 4, 2008


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